LAWTON, OK (KSWO) -Communities across the nation are making sure they show their appreciation to police officers for the job they do every day.
During this week, designated National Police Week, officers also take time to remember those who were killed or injured in the line of duty.
They never asked for this day, nor do they ask to be applauded for what they do, but when they are, it helps them remember why they decided to do this job in the first place.
Flashing lights in your rear view mirror most likely makes your stomach turn, but have you ever thought about the officer who is walking up to your window and what is going through his mind?
"When you're making a traffic stop, you're trying to really be aware of your surroundings and realize that it can go bad really quick. So, you're always thinking about it, but you can't dwell on it. If you start to dwell on things like that you're not going to be really effective at this job," said Duncan Police Sgt. Ron Corcorran.
Duncan Police Chief Danny Ford says they don't function any differently this week than they do every other week of the year.
"They don't go out and do it for the recognition, they don't go out and do it for the money, they go out and do it for the same reason I do it and that's because they love it, and they love working for the people. Especially the people of Duncan. They've been extremely good to the Duncan Police Department," Chief Ford said.
Lawton Police Chief James Smith says some officers across the country have given other officers a bad reputation, but you can't just focus on the bad.
"Ninety-nine percent of the officers who put on their badge and uniform are out to do a good job for their community and the organization they work for," Chief Smith said.
When people recognize that they aren't all bad, it makes the officers day better.
"I've had it where I was really having a rough day, seen some bad things, and someone might come up and say that and it makes it seem worthwhile," Sgt. Corcorran said.
When Lawton officers walked in to work Monday morning, they saw two tables full of goodies given by Americab Taxi and Lawton RC Raceway to show their appreciation.
On Friday, members of the Lawton Police Department Honor Guard, along with others from across the state, will gather at the Department of Public Safety's memorial grounds in Oklahoma City to honor Oklahomans who died on duty.